2.3 Bibliography search widget: ObjectSpot

The ROLE project has developed the ObjectSpot widget to enable you to search across a series of selected databases. Originally designed to help locate learning objects, ObjectSpot can be tailored to search any OAI-PMH compliant repository. Google powers the ObjectSpot widget and this is why it is sometimes called a gadget.

In its current configuration (Summer 2011) the ObjectSpot widget searches through either individually selected or all of the following bibliographic (and sometimes other learning content related) repositories for your enquiry.

N.B. ObjectSpot and all the repositories that it searches are dynamic databases subject to change. New materials are frequently added and, occasionally, some databases are removed.

The ObjectSpot Widget:

ObjectSpot accessible Databases

arXiv provides Open access to 696,696 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance & Statistics. It is based in Cornell University, USA.

BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks & lists of literature. You can add tags to your posts as well as discover more bookmarks & publications from other people. It is based in the Universität Kassel, Germany.

CiteSeerX is a scientific literature digital library & search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer & information science. It provides automated citation indexing & citation linking using the method of autonomous citation indexing. It is based in Pennsylvania State University, USA.

CiteULike is a service for managing & discovering scholarly references. It contains more than 5,458,040 articles It can automatically extract citation details from identified web based articles & works from within your web browser. CiteULike is based in Bristol, UK.

Connotea offers free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians & scientists. It allows you to save links to all your favourite articles, references, websites & other online resources with one click. It is also a social bookmarking tool, so you can view other people's collections to discover new, interesting content. The Nature Publishing Group - a global company with offices worldwide, developed Connotea.

DBLP provides access to bibliographic information of major computer science journals & proceedings. It indexes more than one million articles & contains more than 10000 links to home pages of computer scientists. DBLP is based in the Universität Trier in Germany.

Google Scholar provides search for scholarly literature across many disciplines & sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts & court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities & other web sites. Google Scholar is a globally accessible resource.

iTunes U is a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours. Content for iTunes U is provided by leading Universities & Colleges worldwide. It is delivered by Apple, Cupertino, California, USA.

Jorum provides a service for collecting and sharing learning and teaching materials, allowing their reuse and repurposing. This free online repository service is intended to become part of the wider landscape of repositories being developed institutionally, locally, regionally or across subject areas. It is based at the University of Manchester, UK.

OpenLearn is an Open Educational Resources (OER) repository containing more than 600 study units from the Open University's academic catalogue. Available from introductory to advanced level, each takes between 1 & 50 hours to study. It is based in Milton Keynes, UK.

Slideshare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. It is amongst the most visited 250 websites in the world. Besides PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF & OpenOffice presentations, it also supports documents, videos & webinars. It is based in San Francisco, California, USA.

Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

YouTube Edu acts as a distribution platform for original-content creators & provides a forum for people to connect, inform & inspire others across the globe. The location filter shows you popular videos from your selected country or region on lists like 'Most Viewed' & in your search results.

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